Estamos en Copacabana

Copacabana provided us with a great end to Bolivia… it was an awesome place to hang out by the water, and the sheer size of Lake Titicaca made us, on occasion, feel like we were actually by the sea… something that’s unfortunately not actually possible in Bolivia…

Most people head to Copacabana to visit Isla del Sol… which we also did, and enjoyed immensely – but more of that in a different post…

However, we reckon that Copacabana is a place to visit in its own right ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s got great cheap trucha (trout) to eat, a nice waterfront setting (which is perfect for a sunset beer), and is basically a place with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere ๐Ÿ™‚

A view of Lake Titicaca… see it looks like a seaside town…
PB at Lake Titicaca.
CC doesn’t wait until sunset to enjoy a beer with a view of Lake Titicaca…

We enjoyed several strolls along the waterfront – trying to spot new birds (yes we are still bird geeks), watching people water zorbing, and wondering what Lake Titicaca would look like if ALL of the swan shaped pedaloes were being used at the same time (there are tons of them!!!)

Lake Titicaca and two Inca statues on the waterfront.
Check out the swans (not real ones – but pedaloes…)
These boats are parked up ready to take you out to explore the vast expanse of Lake Titicaca.

In the centre of Copacabana there is also quite an impressive Basilica – Theย Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana – this eye-catching building was pretty close to our hostal so we saw it at least once a day! You could even see it from the roof-terrace at the hostal… although most of the time we chose to have a view of Lake Titicaca instead!?!

The Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana…
Mate drinking on the hostal roof terrace ๐Ÿ™‚

Copacabana also has a REALLY cool hill – called the Calvario – that you can climb up for AMAZING views ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s quite a steep climb, but with views every step of the way it is worth it… From the top you can see as far as Isla del sol ๐Ÿ™‚ The route to the top of the calvario is actually a religious walk as you pass the 14 stations of the cross on the way -and at the top there are a number of religious shrines… and stalls selling different thingsย  – from bundles of money (not real money!), to alcohol, candles and models of cars – that you can buy as offerings…

This chapel marks the start of the trail to the top of the hill.
‘Welcome to the Calvario’.
A view of town from a little way up the steps.
A view of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca from the top.
Copacabana… the big white building is the Basilica ๐Ÿ™‚
PB admires the view…
The Top!
Lake Titicaca as seen from the top of the hill.
The place to leave your offerings…
A religious shrine at the top of the hill.
PB, Copacabana and Lake Titicaca ๐Ÿ™‚

We really enjoyed Copacabana, but as our visas were about to expire it was time to head to Peru… In Copacabana all the Peruvian cars seemed to come adorned with a hat and colourful decorations!?! We were intrigued by Peru and although we knew there was much to miss about Bolivia, we were ready to move on.

Check out the colourful Peruvian car in Copacabana – our question – would all of Peru be this colourful and different from Bolivia?

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